Gumby - July 9, 2014

The unofficial mission of the American Treasure Tour blog is to discuss any and every important connection to the tour experience.  The official mission is super secret government stuff that we're not allowed to mention.  (Okay, that's not exactly true.  We really just want you to visit the tour, and so we use the blog to show off the cool stuff here.)  Today, we are going to discuss one of the most important clay personalities to ever grace television screens:  Gumby.

Gumby first appeared during the long-running Howdy Doody show, before starring in his own program.  The claymation program was created by Art and Ruth Clokey, and has been on the air virtually non-stop since 1957.  Well over two hundred episodes of Gumby's adventures with his orange pony friend Pokey and the trouble-making Blockheads have been made, while the green hero has also appeared in movies, on lunch boxes, and as stuffed animals...

QUESTION:  What letters were on the heads of the two primary Blockheads who antagonized Gumby?

A)  A & B

B)  G & J

C)  X & Q

D)  F & M

Answer Below


It was a sad day today in 1850.  Only five short days earlier, the twelfth president of the United States, Zachary Taylor, was doing well.  He was there to celebrate the start of construction on the Washington Monument in the federal capitol.  It was a hot day, and he took comfort in eating cherries, while washing it down with chilled milk.  He fell ill and never recovered.  Millard Fillmore took over the executive office.

The art world would never be the same after Andy Warhol's exhibit on this day in 1962 at Los Angeles' Ferus Gallery.  That was where he introduced to the world his Campbell's Soup Cans pop art display.  Some considered it genius, but most regarded it as an aesthetic abomination.  Including the Campbell's Soup Company.  Campbell's eventually changed their tune and hired Warhol to help them on an ad campaign.  And, of course, Warhol changed the face of art, for better or worse.


1819 saw the birth of a man whose invention would change the way people sewed:  Elias Howe. He may not have made the first sewing machine ever, but Howe's machine had innovations that made it stand out above the rest:  it had a hole at the eye of the needle's point, it had a shuttle that formed a lock stitch, and it had an automatic feed.  Essential innovations for a much-needed invention.  Thank you, Mr. Howe!

Born in 1933, Oliver Sacks was a child in London during the Battle of Britain, only moving to the United States in the late-50's.  He had distinguished himself as a neurologist and psychiatrist since then and publishing many books, some of which have inspired popular films, most famously 1990's Awakenings starring Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams.  

QUOTE:  I often feel that life is about to begin, only to realize it is almost over. - Oliver Sacks

ANSWER:  B)  G & J.  Unfortunately, we could find no explanation as to why G and J led the pack, as opposed to any other of the blockheads.